BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- Binghamton will remain home to the Mets Double-A affiliate, according to Senator Chuck Schumer's office.
Senator Schumer released the following statement:
“After fighting tooth and nail to keep the Rumble Ponies in Binghamton, and working directly with the Mets and Major League Baseball (MLB) to ensure that MLB affiliated minor league baseball continues to be played in the Southern Tier, the revelation that the Rumble Ponies are here to stay in Binghamton as a Class double-A team is a monumental step in the right direction and nothing short of a homerun for the Mets, Rumble Ponies, and baseball fans throughout the region."Schumer added, “The Rumble Ponies have done a tremendous job weaving themselves into the very fabric of Binghamton. That rich history will be unbroken and the love for the game can continue to be discovered and nurtured right here in the Carousel Capital.”
“The Rumble Ponies have done a tremendous job weaving themselves into the very fabric of Binghamton. That rich history will be unbroken and the love for the game can continue to be discovered and nurtured right here in the Carousel Capital," added Schumer.
This comes one day after Mets Team President Sandy Alderson announced Binghamton would remain home to a Mets minor league affiliate, without clarifying which level.
Alderson also shared his thoughts in the statement provided by Schumer's office.
"Having a first class development system is crucial to achieving sustained success on the field, and the Rumble Ponies are critical to that effort. We are proud to have worked closely with Senator Schumer to make that possible, and thank him for his efforts.”
Rumble Ponies owner John Hughes said, "I want to thank Senator Chuck Schumer for personally rallying Upstate New York elected officials and fans, in petitioning both Major League Baseball and the New York Mets to keep RumbleTown the home of the Mets."
Major League Baseball also weighed in.
“MLB thanks Senator Schumer for his steadfast leadership on behalf of the Rumble Ponies. Due in no small part to his strong support for the team and the community, fans of the Rumble Ponies will continue to be able to watch the next generation of New York Mets take the field every summer. As Major League Baseball works to grow the National Pastime, MLB is appreciative of the support of our elected leaders and all of the communities that play host to future Major League players.”
Senator Schumer invited MLB Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem, and former Mets COO Jeff Wilpon to NYSEG Stadium in February to view its facilities, amid negotiations.